Blotter Tales

Overdosed on a smartphone, apparently

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Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.


At 1:05 p.m. July 13, Bridgewater police received a call from a citizen reporting a possible drug overdose. When police arrived, they quickly discovered there was nothing to worry about: The person wasn’t nodding off, just merely looking down at a cellphone.


At 6:34 p.m. July 16, a Salem police officer was dispatched to Essex Street for a report of two men having a dispute. The officer found one of the men -- the other had left the scene -- who said he was arguing with someone who owed him $20 from two years ago. But when the officer asked for said borrower’s name, the loaner said he didn’t know.


At 2:06 p.m. July 3, Rockland Police Officer Jeffrey Direnzo was flagged down by a man who said the Uber car he’d been riding in almost crashed -- not once but several times. The man said that the driver appeared to be drunk, and that he asked him to pull over so he and the other passenger could get out. The driver then drove off. Using the man’s description, Direnzo found the car a short distance away on Pleasant Street. Police said the driver, a 38-year-old Brockton resident, showed signs of impairment and failed sobriety tests at the scene. He was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and was arraigned in Hingham District Court on July 5.



At 6:30 p.m. June 24, a man told a Transit Police officer that his cellphone had been stolen at the Malden Center MBTA station earlier that day. The victim said he used the “Find My iPhone” app to track his device and it appeared to be on the Red Line near the Central Square station in Cambridge. Officers tracked the phone to a 33-year-old Cambridge man on Prospect Street who they said was also carrying stolen credit cards. Police arrested the man and charged him with receiving stolen property. He was taken to police headquarters to be booked.


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On June 5, a Watertown resident told police that someone broke into his home on Arlington Street sometime during the night. Nothing appeared to be missing, but the resident reported finding several vases on the floor, two wine bottles in the kitchen sink, and other parts of his home in disarray. The incident is under investigation.

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